GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Brew pours a deep amber color w/ a full, semi creamy, pancake spattered, froth. Hangtime is lengthy. Residual lacing is thick and clumpy. Nice! Aromas of freshly mowed hops and a slight wintergreen on the malts. Full nectar w/ ample residual effers that create a creamy cotton texture. Thick, chewy malts meet sharp, splintering hops head on in a collision that seems to fuse the two forces together creating a wonderfully balanced brew of extreme proportions. Flavor complexities are cut short from the high hop rate but that does not deminish the overall complexity of this very drinkable brew. Due to the low caramel factor, this brew is quite dry w/ only a mild touch of molases. The hops are velvety w/ a touch of asprin and slightly aged citrus rind. The finish is bittered thoroughly w/ citrus rind. Overall: It’s a big brew in every sense of the word. The alcohol is well hidden, and it’s balanced nicely. Cobra (1100) - - JUN 26, 2007
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. A steal at $3.99 each. Poured out a wildflower honey color, with a sticky tan colored head. Aromas are of honey, caramel, toffee, burnt raw sugars. 9.28% ABV on my bottle. Flavor profile is off the hook. Strong malt backbone with grapefruit hops bite. Bites your ass like a rattlesnake. Big alcohol flavors, along with subtle vanilla beans in the background. Thick mouthfeel, chewy body. Like a big ass Barleywine.
Kicks royal ass. Keep up the good work guys! Thanks much for this ale. chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 Wow the db f’d up and put the (really inaccurate) review below, last paragraph, someone else wrote but has my rating. amazing strong ale because it is so smooth. Hides the alcohol. The comparison would be be dogfish triple hopped IPA or founders double trouble but perhaps more barley wine flavor
Ale Noir! Hard nosed and menacing but in a delicous way. Cross between Black Bear Hotrod and GL Eliot Ness. You tasted the 9.9% just in the biting whiskey-like way sam spade would of wanted it. jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 22oz bottle -pours a foamy light tan head and deep amber color. Aroma is northwest hops-citrus/resiny/pine, syrup, medium malt. Taste is tingly on the tongue, northwest hops-citrus/resiny/pine, syrup, medium malt, pick up of alcohol at the end. Good effervescence, could be an American Strong Ale, but best I2PA I think I’ve had.
100430-just had this in the 12oz pkg, not as impressive as 2+ yrs ago, but still pretty tasty. Leaving the score alone, just adding this comment. thebeeve (6) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009 does not count
This stuff is extremely tasty. Almost perfect. My only "complaint" is the 9% alcohol level. Ouch. It doesn’t taste that strong, I could easily drink more of this stuff than advisable.
jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2009
Draft at Jerry’s. Copper with good, creamy tan head / Nose of fresh cut pine and brown sugar / Medium body, sweet and creamy, with potent malt and hop balance, and excellent finish / Flavors of fresh cut pine, burnt sugar, orange, grapefruit, and lemon / A rival for Dreadnaught. yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Lagunitas Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale is a crystal clear, rich amber ale with a dense, frothy, off-white head that thins and leaves outstanding lacing. Sweet, resiny malt and bright, fresh, wooden hops are strong and well balanced in the nose. It’s medium-full bodied and silky smooth with a quick and slightly sticky finish. It tastes sweet, bitter and bold. The flavors are well balanced and blend together to provide a big, fruity (pineapple), wooden, resiny flavor. It’s incredibly drinkable, even at this strength. A very solid American Strong Ale here. meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2010
[email protected]bucs572000 (237) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2013
, label said 9.03%, aged about 18 months. Underrated for sure! This is so powerful and wonderfully balanced in both aroma and flavour. Amazing. One of my favourite beers ever.
Aroma is very light citrus, resin, and caramelly toffee notes. The flavor is citrus up front, then the toffee malt kicks in followed by a slight caramel note. The abv is hidden very well. Be careful with this beer!! It’s very tasty and very potent. marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 23, 2013
12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass. Appearance is a amber-copper color with about one finger of off-white head which leaves a bit of lacing as it dissipates. Aroma is very flowery with pine and a sweet citrus scent, like grapefruit juice. The taste follows the nose. For a strong ale, this is a pretty light taste and feel. There’s no discernible alcohol taste to it. One of the best beers I’ve tried.